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Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar Honey Burst

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The arrival of the Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar in 1983 offered guitarists all the essential elements of a Les Paul Standard, including a carved top and humbucking pickups. Its simple yet el... Read More

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Overview

The arrival of the Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar in 1983 offered guitarists all the essential elements of a Les Paul Standard, including a carved top and humbucking pickups. Its simple yet elegant design quickly helped it become the most popular model in the Les Paul Series.

The Les Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar raises the bar with the Super ™57 and Classic ™57 humbucking pickups, which are mounted on a carved maple top with a mahogany back. Both pickups offer coil splitting for single-coil sounds and a boost circuit via push/push switching in the volume controls. œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a œSuper Tap coil-tap, which still has a small amount of humbucking. The boost circuit has a user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings) and features true bypass that disengages the boost completely, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone.

The Les Paul Studio Deluxe features a traditional-spec SlimTaper '60s neck that offers a comfortable playing experience for which Les Paul models of that era are famous. The hardware is finished in chrome including Gibson's pioneering tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The Les Paul Studio Deluxe is dependable, affordable, and is built without any compromises.

Classic ˜57 and Super ™57 Humbucking Pickups
Since their introduction in the late 1950s, Gibson' famous "Patent Applied For" humbuckers have been considered the ultimate pickup because of their smooth, velvety tone. The Super ™57 uses slightly overwound balanced coils, exactly like the original PAFs of the late 1950s that accidentally received a few additional turns of wire. They are the perfect bridge-position companion to the ™57 Classic, delivering just a little more of "the sweet stuff" without sacrificing any of the rich vintage tone. The Super ™57 humbucker features the same enamel-like coated wiring, Alnico II magnet and maple spacers as in the original models, achieving a creamy, smooth output that sounds rich and full whether they'e being played clean or overdriven. The Super ™57 pickups are so authentic that they even carry the original "Patent Applied For" decal on the baseplate. All of them come with braided, two-conductor wiring and are fully wax potted to eliminate any chance of microphonic feedback.

Notable features
¢ A user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings)
¢ Traditional '60s-style neck shape¢ True bypass: disengaging boost completely removes active circuit, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone
¢ Super ™57 humbucking pickup in the bridge position. Classic ™57 humbucking pickup in the neck position
¢ Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
¢ œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
¢ Gibson G FORCE tuning system
¢ Includes hardshell case

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple Carved
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: '57 Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: '57 Classic
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: 2 volume with boost circuit via push/push switching, 2 tone with coil-splitting
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Gibson G FORCE
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Tektoid nut, exclusive model, quick-connect control pocket assembly
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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GibsonLes Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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4.0

Very good guitar so far

By Rai

from Fayetteville, NC

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar:

    Use it mostly for jamming and practicing on my own

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding feel

    By Northof50

    from PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy Chords
    • Easy note bending
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar:

      Yes. Changing strings with the G-Force system is a PIA. Manipulating the buttons on the back of the headstock, while controlling the excess string is a challenge, as you cannot see the buttons while the guitar is on a support. You cannot deny it. With that written, the system overall has worked perfectly and is extremely handy. I do like it.
      Fit and finish of my guitar is very good. The neck and frets felt exactly like the Traditional Les Paul I played that day and much better than the 2 less expensive Studios played. With my eyes closed, I could not tell the difference between the Deluxe Studio and the Traditional while playing.
      Coming from a Strat and Telecaster, 3 things were immediately noticed. The Deluxe was louder due to the humbuckers, bending notes was much easier due to the shorter scale length, and bar chords [IMHO] were easier to play due to the wider and flatter neck radius. I actually had to measure the strings with a dial caliper because I did not believe they were 10 gauge, as they felt like the 9 gauges on my Fenders.
      The boost is outstanding. I liked it so much, I purchased a TC Spark to use with my Fenders. It pushes my Deluxe Reverb's tube to a great sound. The verdict is still out on the coil-splits. They work, but don't sound like the single-coils on my Fenders. The sound is different, but question when the feature will actually be used.
      The Special Run guitars, offered by GC, have proved to be great values. My Deluxe may not have the flame top of the more expensive LesPauls, but it feels great and plays like a champ.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Strat-style guy crossing over after 30 years

      By LexMachina

      from Stafford, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Best Unamplified Tone
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great feel
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar:

        Played strat-style guitars in a cover band, wanted to retool for a new lineup and depart from 30+ years of the bolt-on neck for the tone of this Gibson. I was afraid of not warming to a really flat neck, but this guitar is a great compromise. Another thing I wasn't sure I'd like was the 0-fret nut, so I didn't get a Gibson that had that, but I did take a chance on a new feature that had me a little worried: the G-force tuning system. So far, it has not disappointed me. I double checked the accuracy with a Petersen Digital strobe tuner and it was true to pitch. I have yet to experience the ease or difficulty of a string change, but I'll get there eventually. For now, I have to say the guitar arrived in beautiful condition and quality was surely evident right out of the box.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Less frills but all the essentials plus some

        By Bradshaw77

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • 57 And Super 57 Pickups
        • Beautifuldurable Finish
        • Excellent tone
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Plek Setup
        • Pushpush Split And Boost
        • Solid Electronics
        • Too Many To Name

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar:

            Got a killer deal on this guitar in Honey Burst at my local GC with their veterans day sale (which was not advertized on the web site) and other discounts. It is so good and feature rich, I would have paid full price for this if necessary. The online picture of the face of this guitar does not due it justice. It is strikingly beautiful. I am an acoustic player moving to electric due to arthritis and tone is very important to me. The 57 Custom and Super 57 custom pickups paired with this guitar produce such a rich, beautiful tone, and the push/push split coil and boost on the pots gives a great amount of options for playing with that tone. Due to physcial problems I needed a weight releived guitar and while significantly lighter than the originals, it is still pretty hefty and does not appear to detract from the quality of the tone or sustain. In fact, I drove the salesperson crazy by trying many of the more expensive heavier models like the traditional and the standard, and actually like the tone of this one the best. The store was in the process of replacing the electronic tuners while I was there so I got some nice manual ones installed for free plus got to keep the electronic tuner in case I want to re-install it in the future. It also comes with a tan hard case which is crazy for the price I ended up paying for this guitar. Of course the pink plush interior of the case is not my ideal, but I can live with that. This is a GC model that can't be found on the Gibson web page. What you won't do with this guitar is pay for a lot of unnecessary frills that have nothing to do with how it plays or sounds. No fancy pickguard, plastic binding on the body or fretboard, or AAA rated looks on the maple front. Even without those though, it is a beautiful guitar with all the essential pro playing features plus a couple convenient extras like split coil, push/push pots and 10db boost. I am blown away by this guitar and recommend it to anyone looking for a pro-guitar at a great price. After shopping for an electric guitar and playing tons of other brands I have come to the conclusion that the only Gibson Les Paul killer out there is a Gibson Les Paul.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WOW!!

            By GCRoberts

            from Buffalo, NY

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar:

            I'm an amateur player, so it was tough for me to justify purchasing a Les Paul Standard. I liked everything about the Les Paul Studio's...except the finish. But then this model comes along and gives a great finish to a very affordable model. I can tell you that the pictures posted on this site do not begin to do the actual guitar justice. I had seen this model on the site and wasn't that interested until I actually saw it in the store. It's not as gorgeous as the Standards, but it's close. So far, the G Force tuners have worked perfectly. For the setup I chose Elixer strings (top light - bottom heavy). The tech stated that the .052 gauge string is a little tricky to get on, and by watching him I could see he was right. Overall, I couldn't be happier with this guitar. For the price, you can't beat it. If you have the extra grand, go for the Standard. But if this guitar is already stretching your budget, don't hesitate.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            New 2015 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe III

            By Maq

            from Dallas, Texas

            Pros

            • 10db Boost On Neck Tone
            • 57 Classic Pickups
            • 60's Taper Rounded Neck
            • Beautiful Les Paul Design
            • Bone Nut
            • Darker Rosewood Fretboard
            • Gforce Tuner
            • New Carribean Night Color
            • Nice Les Paul Case
            • Nice Maple Top
            • No Hologram
            • Normal Signature
            • Push Push Pots
            • Real Single Coil Split
            • Very Versatile Tuner
            • You Can Tune Manually

            Cons

            • 29 Page Manual For Gforce
            • Complex Tuner To Learn
            • Gforce Tuner
            • Must Print Gforce Manual

            Best Uses

            • Any Thing You Need It For

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe III Electric Guitar:

            I really like this Guitar! I love the new Color. This Les Paul Studio Deluxe III is made just for Guitar Center and a lot of the items other 2015 Models have are left off. It has a Bone Nut instead of the Zero Brass Nut, which i liked. It doesn't have the Les Paul Hologram or the 100 yr anniversary Signature. It has a thicker round taper neck instead of the wider taper D neck of the other 2015 Guitars. The Pickups sound Great and I love the Push Push Pots. The split Coil sounds are very distinct. The setup of this Guitar was great out of the box and the Intonation was right on! It plays great sounds great and looks great. It stays in tune and when it needs an adjustment I turn on the tuner. I have it set for maximum accuracy You can choose between speed or accuracy and I preferred accuracy. Single string tuning is also more accurate so I use that mode and it works great for me. I play lots of E flat and switching is very easy. However, YOU MUST PRINT AND READ THE 29 PAGE MANUAL!! or risk Damage. It can be operated manually, unlike the MinETune, but only when the unit is OFF. It's hard to put this Guitar down it's so much fun to play! Great Job Guitar Center / Gibson. Love my Guitar.

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            • No

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